Ex-Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has yet again criticised Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak regarding BRIM, which Dr Mahathir calls bribery.
While some may be of the opinion that giving aid to the needy through BRIM is not the right way of doing things, none have offered their alternative proposal on how the people should receive aid and which they may consider the better way of doing things.
Soon after the 2013 general election, Dr Mahathir accused the Prime Minister of pandering too much to the Chinese and of not giving enough attention to the Malays, who form the backbone of Umno’s support.
Now, when the Prime Minister introduces BRIM, which goes to the needy, and hence benefits the Malays since more of them are amongst the needy group, the Prime Minister is accused of an attempt to bribe the people.
This is a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
I am sure the Prime Minister will be open to suggestions and if anyone, Dr Mahathir included, has a better idea on how aid can be given to the people this new and better idea can be adopted to replace BRIM.
Criticising is one thing and surely Malaysia as a democracy can tolerate criticism, even against the Prime Minister. But it should be constructive criticism where we also offer alternative views on how to improve what we view as weaknesses in the present system.